Beauty

12 products that will make your lips look fuller (sans filler)

Fillers? Don't bother.

By Cosmo Team

Let's face it, when it comes to our lips, we all like to err on the side of juicy plumpness. But few could have predicted the lengths some of us would one day go to get it.

"I've seen a 45 per cent increase in demand for lip fillers over the past three years," says Dr Tijon Esho, a renowned cosmetic doctor with clinics in London. And here's the shocking bit: "Most filler enthusiasts are been 25 and 29 years old."

Now, we care about your lips and would never want you to leave the house with a pair of inner-tyre tubes on your face. so we've rounded up the best products to pump your pout (which don't involve a brush with needles).

THE POWER LACQUER

This is a gloss, but not as you know it. Industrial amounts of micro-milled, high-shine pigments, mixed with balmy waxes and glossy polymers, make for modern glosses that have it all: blinding shine that optically contours and plumps lips, and bright, opaque colours that actually stay put

Try Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer, $25 at Priceline), Dior Addict Lacquer Stick ($52 at Myer), or Models Prefer Lip Lacquer ($10 at Priceline)

THE LIPSTICK BALM

The point of a balm is to gradually soften and plump lips with plant emollients that deeply nourish. It's the perfect texture for bigger-looking lips with a single swipe, but the trade-off is usually wishy-washy colour. Well, not anymore — tinted balms with serious colour pay-off are now a thing.

Try Stila Colour Balm Lipsticks ($31 from MECCA), Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo ($41 from MECCA) or Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment in Tulip ($32 from Sephora).

LIP FILLERS

Lip-plumping treatments are like anti-ageing creams for your pout. "The idea is to replenish the constituents of lip tissue for fuller, younger-looking lips," says dermatologist Macrene Alexiades.

Try Freezeframe Lip Injection ($59 at Priceline)

LIP MASKS

Filled with plant oils, vitamins and a hit hyaluronic acid, lip masks are a quick way to getting your lips super plump. Simply apply, chill for 10 minutes, then rub off the excess product. Simple!

Try Mecca Max Kiss and Tell Plumping Lip Mask ($7 from MECCA).

LIP PLUMPERS

Look for lipsticks, balms and glosses with capsaicin or menthyl lactate — they boost blood flow for a temporarily 'aroused' look.

Try GlamGlow Plumprageous Matte Lip Treatment ($35 from MECCA).

THE POLISHED CHROME

For crusty, gritty metallic lips, please refer to your average '80s New Romantics video. Next-gen metallics hug, plump and contour lips with big hit of pigments and crushed pearls, which deliver a weightless, but highly coated, film to the lips.

Try Smashbox Always On Metallic Matte Liquid Lipstick ($35 from MECCA) or Estée Lauder Pure Color Love Lipsticks ($36 from Myer).

BLOW-UP CONTOURING

Makeup artists will never be without with lip liners to shape and amplify the lip. They also use liners to boost colour intensity. This newbie from Givenchy gives a sharp line, a plump look, and then some.

Try Givenchy Lip Pencil in No. 11 ($43 from Sephora).